Pollution damaging babies' brains, high time government stepped up
The high pollution levels in India is not just paralysing schools and putting cricket games on hold. Now a new report by the United Nations has sounded a major alarm. The report says that pollution is doing major damage to the developing brains of babies'.
Danger In The Air - United Nations report
The UN's children's agency, UNICEF, says that more than 16 million of the world's 17 million babies below the age of one year are living in cities of Asia that report six times more than safe pollution levels. India is followed by China.
Air pollution is also linked to asthma, bronchitis, and other long-term respiratory diseases. Now this new report points to an even greater risk that affects future generations. Pollution affects verbal and nonverbal IQ and memory, leading to reduced test scores among children as well as other brain-related behavioural problems.
""As more and more of the world urbanises, and without adequate protection and pollution reduction measures, more children will be at risk in the years to come" - United Nations
The UN report says that without protection and pollution reduction measures, more children will be at risk in the years to come. Damage to the membrane has also been linked to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease in the elderly.
More use of masks & air filtration systems during high pollution days advised
This year Delhi closed schools in November after doctors declared a public health emergency. But they were quickly reopened and angry parents accused authorities of playing with children's health.